After the 2010 Haitian earthquake, over 10,000 NGOs, including Bill Clinton’s foundation, swarmed like locusts into Haiti raising millions of dollars for humanitarian aid without even port-au-potties to show for it one year later. The most appalling case of grand larceny was by the International Red Cross which has six houses to show for nearly half a billion dollars in donations.
Now there are reports by a watchdog organization that NGOs raising millions for humanitarian aid to Rohingya refugees are appropriating the money to spend on “luxury SUVs, five-star hotel rooms, & other amenities.” This is where that white savior crap comes in. There should be no monies raised for humanitarian aid without direct control by those who are affected. If the Rohingya are being used to raise money, they should be able to monitor & control how, to whom, & for what purpose those monies are dispersed. If Haitians had been able to control the millions raised by using them, they would have long-since ridden those NGOs out of Haiti on a rail.
Rohingya refugees do not need NGOs to ‘save’ them by stealing from them. They need political action & international solidarity demanding their human & democratic rights as refugees & as citizens of Burma.
(Photo of Rohingya refugees at Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh by Peter Klauanzer/EPA)
An elderly Kashmiri couple grieving for their two sons Mohammad Shafi & Mushtaq Ahmed arrested & forcibly disappeared by Indian occupying authorities in 2000. Like Parveena Ahangar searching for her disappeared son, they have visited every jail in India looking for their sons. Just one of the tens of thousands of human tragedies in occupied Kashmir.
Fascist & Assad propagandist Eva Bartlett, who only travels in Syria embedded with the Syrian Army, is blaming the Assad regime’s murder of journalist Marie Colvin in 2012 on Colvin for entering the country illegally to collaborate with terrorists. Colvin actually was there to document the Syrian Arab Spring uprising. Bartlett did not go to Syria until 2013. Bartlett will always have a job as long as there are tyrannies to shill for. As she sees it in her anti-Semitic & Islamophobic mind, she’s fighting a rear guard battle against the “Illuminati,” the reptilian extraterrestrials morphed into Jewish bankers. Hitler had a similar ideology.
Assadist cartoon maker Tim Anderson has been fired from an Australian university after 20-years of teaching. What prompted the sacking was one of his cartoons superimposing a swastika over the Israeli flag. He’s done much worse by the Syrian Arab Spring uprising. Regardless of his detestable politics combining Stalinism, fascism, anti-Semitism, & Islamophobia in a deranged melange, supporters of civil liberties do not applaud his firing. It is part of the campaign to outlaw BDS & Palestinian solidarity. We may have an absolute indifference to what happens to Anderson but if we care about free speech & Palestinian justice we stand with him in any attempts to get his job back.
Some may think it presumptuous for a working class activist to criticize the analyses of eminent scholars. But to my mind, holding up others as omniscient gurus is a sure road to losing your way. Those who want to change the world have to learn how to think for themselves. It’s true scholars have studied issues in depth. But so have many of us & for just as long, in some cases longer. In addition, we have been part of building the social movements which they analyze & one learns things in activism that are not taught in textbooks. Respect is a two-way street; deference is a one-way dead-end.